El Distrito entertainment complex will be filled with the taste of the Major Leagues with the opening of Pudge’s Pizza, the gastronomic offering by Baseball Hall of Fame Catcher, Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez, Federico Stubbe, Jr. president of PRISA Group, developer of the complex announced.
Stubbe explained that his company acquired the rights to the Pudge’s Pizza concept for Puerto Rico, the first location outside of Texas where it will operate. The 1,300 square-foot eatery is decorated with sporting memorabilia alluding to Rodríguez’s career, and will offer a modern and family-friendly environment.
This is the second restaurant that Rodríguez inaugurates after opening his first franchise operation in Arlington, Texas at Texas Live! in August 2018.
In addition to the main dining hall, Pudge’s Pizza will feature a window for express service for those who prefer “a slice of pizza before going to the movies or a show or ordering the entire pizza to go. At Pudge’s Pizza, everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy their pizza as they prefer,” said Abelardo Ruiz, managing director of El Distrito.
Rodríguez, a native of Manatí and raised in Vega Baja, is the winner of 13 Golden Glove Awards through his career at the Majors, which began in 1991 when he debuted as a receiver of the Texas Rangers.
During his career, he also played for the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2017 and after his retirement, he entered the food and beverage business with a concept of original, varied pizza recipes and craft beer.